Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Marketing on Friday 11th March

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  • Marketing Budgets Have Gone Social – Is It Working?

    by Kathy Baughman, Julie Hamp, Kris Narayanan and David Witt

    Wisdom has it that the smart money is going social. To add impact to their communications programs, brands are moving dollars into socially-focused campaigns. But is it working? Have we reached a saturation point? Panelists will assess the impact inside and outside their organizations by this shift in priorities – and budget.

    This panel is presented by the Council of Public Relations Firms.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Hill Country AB, Hyatt Regency Austin

  • MicroMarketing: Get Big Results by Thinking and Acting Small

    by Greg Verdino

    In our age of information saturation, consumer attention is the scarcest commodity of all—which makes your job tougher than ever. How do you thread your messages through billions of bite-sized information snapshots to reach the right people? One thing’s for sure, you’re not going to succeed using traditional approaches. Mass marketing is dead; the next big thing is indeed very small. microMARKETING empowers you to rethink, retool, and revitalize your marketing strategies to take full advantage of the opportunities created by the microcontent explosion. A pioneer in the world of microcontent marketing, Greg Verdino helps you create a strategy that emphasizes relationships over reach, interaction over interruption, and social networking over broadcast networks.

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center

  • My Kindergartner Markets Better Than You

    by Kriselle Laran and Dave Peck

    Marketing is a fine line between sales and PR. This panel aims to focus on the rudimentary principles of marketing often overlooked by both new and established businesses. Special attention will be paid to "playground tactics" and ways that kids can influence others with far more success than adults.

    Kids have a natural instinct for marketing - they learn early in life to bring enough for everyone, to become an expert at everything, and to share just enough to make the friends but not so much where they turn others away.

    By approaching marketing like a five year old, brands can develop and maintain a strong identity and establish a role as an influencer in the industry. Applying concepts like bringing enough for everyone (appealing to a wide range of audiences), or staying out of detention (being marked as spam), brands too can become an expert at everything (establish itself as an industry leader).

    A typical five-year-old can identify common commercial jingles and name the season's popular toys. Five minutes in a playgroup can result in families having to take a trip to the toy store because of the influence of other kids on their own children.

    Kindergartners have a lot of influence. Its time to start following their lead and start learning the right way to approach marketing.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Ballroom E, Austin Convention Center

  • Creating an Effective Marketing Intern Program

    by Amanda McGuckin Hager and Caroline Lim

    Would you like a helping hand that is affordable, accommodating, and productive? With the explosion of Web and mobile applications, now more than ever, companies could benefit from a helping hand. With so much to do, and so little time, Amanda and Caroline share how to knockout that online marketing to-do list with an internship program, where they address how to assess the workload, create a mutually beneficial program and recruit Rockstar interns. Amanda and Caroline will share strategies and tactics on: (1) Finding ideal tasks for interns (2) Developing the internship program structure (3) Setting expectations on free versus paid. This presentation intends to show you how to create a win-win situation for both your company and your interns.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Friday 11th March

    In Trinity, Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown

  • From Personal Blogger to Professional Marketer

    by Deb Rox and Melissa Lion

    There are many ways to make a pittance as a blogger. Google ads will bring home a very small amount of bacon. Maybe a slice. The book deal, though coveted, is often meager at best. And there are all of those adorable animal species who are just waiting for their photos to be manipulated into something even cuter/funnier/more irritating, but what happens when the next tiny cute animal comes along? Moms ought to pour their hearts out every day for more than free fabric softener. How can bloggers get paid appropriately for generating and promoting content and managing a loyal community?

    How about a leap from the job where you spend most of your day ignoring the tedium by blog surfing, checking out Twitter and replying to the growing comments on your blog, into a position that will probably pay better and allow you to use all of those skills you learned as a blogger?

    This presentation will show both sides of taking skills learned as a blogger and translating them into a career change or enhancement. The presentation will be conducted from two points of view-the blogger, and, the hiring manager.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Friday 11th March

    In Brazos 2/3, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center